ISLAMABAD – At a marathon session of nine hours, Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday reviewed the performance of key ministries and divisions and directed all the ministers to focus their energies on welfare of common man.

In all the performance of 26 ministries was evaluated in what was perhaps the longest ever session of the federal cabinet, according to the spokesperson of the Prime Minister’s House.

Another special session would be held in coming days meeting to review the work of the remaining ministries and divisions, he added.

Government insiders said that each ministry was given 10 to 15 minutes for appraisal of the gist of their performance in past three months, the austerity measures they adopted and the extent of measurers taken for improvement in their delivery system and making it public friendly.

By and large the meeting was held in cordial but serious atmosphere and the emphasis of the prime minister remained the welfare of the common man and wanted each and every ministry to make the deliverance system public friendly, as they wanted to bring marked change in the lives of common people.

Discussions on ‘actions already taken’ in terms of service delivery, ‘austerity measures’ adopted and ‘future plans’ was held in each case with a view to improve performance under each of these heads further.

It was decided in the meeting that the performance review of the ministries and divisions would be made after every three months so that the progress on previous decisions could be evaluated and corrective steps could be adopted for future action – main aim of which is improving the quality of life.

Prime Minister Imran Khan sought from his cabinet colleagues both short-term and long-term planning measures and asked the ministers to furnish a comprehensive five-year roadmap or their respective ministries. Each ministry would then be tasked to implement its specific strategic plan for optimum output.

Insiders said that the ministers whose performance was widely praised by the prime minister himself included Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Finance Minister Asad Umar and State Minister for Communication Murad Saeed.

Later, talking to private television channel Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the prime minister had praised the performance of Murad Saeed and hinted at his elevation as federal minister.

By and large the performance of all the ministers that came under review was declared satisfactory. However, in certain cases the prime minister gave pieces of advice to his cabinet colleagues for further sprucing up their performance, a source in government said.

A senior party leader, who is also part of the cabinet, said that actually it was an interactive session mainly aimed at improving the working of various ministries and divisions where the input from fellow colleagues and mainly from the prime minister was given to further enhance the overall government performance.

Sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting informed that tea biscuits and a modest lunch was served to the cabinet members while in the session and no separate and formal lunch or refreshment was arranged. The ministers had their lunch while discussion and review was in progress.


PM holds marathon review of cabinet performance